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This collection consists of a variety of small press zines and pamphlets published by anarchists and anti-authoritarians. The items in this collection focus primarily on tactical, strategic, and organizational themes, reflecting the shared knowledge and experiments created by anarchists over the past several years. The zines are reflections and accumulations of knowledge forged in the streets, in collective projects, at anarchist spaces, and in conversation.



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A list of 12 alternatives to calling the police, premised on the idea that "strong communities make police obsolete".
Topics: zine, zines, police, poster, posters
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This zine is a short introduction to the anarchist principles of direct action, voluntary cooperation, and mutual aid. It differentiates anarchism from the political philosophies of "the left" and argues for the separation of anarchist strategies and thought from "the left." The original essay was written by Lawrence Jarach and titled "Instead of a Meeting: By Someone Too Irritated to Sit Through Another One"
Topics: zine, anarchism, anarchist, anarchy, political theory, theory, zines
This introductory zine explains the "non-profit industrial complex" and how it functions to limit radical movements. It draws heavily on the book "The Revolution Will Not Be Funded: Beyond the Non-Profit Industrial Complex" and presents examples of this works on an international and national level. This particular zine isn't the most nuanced argument, but it's a helpful introduction to the topic and asks important questions about the institutionalization of social struggles.
Topics: zine, zines, non-profits, non-profit industrial complex, organizing
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This zine is designed to give folks an easy introduction to foraging in Grand Rapids and the greater West Michigan area. Whereas other field guides and foraging books folks on an almost overwhelming number of plants, we stick to fourteen plants that are reasonably easy to find: Ramps (Wild Leeks), Wild Garlic, Wild Asparagus, Lamb's Quarters, Juneberry, Wild Bergamot, Black Raspberry, Blackberry, Purslane, Dandelion, Hen-of-the-Woods, Dryad's Saddle, Chicken-of-the-Woods, Blue Violet, and...
Topics: zine, zines, plants, wild plants, wild edibles, foraging, michigan, grand rapids
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by Warrior Publications
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This is a very detailed explanation of crowd control tactics and police behavior in riot situations. It looks at everything from weaponry and armor to formations and arrest procedures. Along with the coverage of police tactics, the zine offers a wealth of knowledge for those participating in militant street confrontations including suggested equipment, tips for acting within crowds, avoiding arrests, and undertaking and planning specific actions. The idea is that by understanding both police...
Topics: zine, zines, police, police tactics, crowd control
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This zine is an excellent introductory piece on security culture. It defines what a security culture is, gives practical examples of how it can be used and implemented, and addresses numerous other components of security culture. This is an essential zine!
Topics: zine, zines, anarchist, activism, security culture, repression
This short zine combines two excellent resources on sexual assault: the article "We Are All Survivors, We Are All Perpetrators" from the Crimethinc publication Rolling Thunder and a piece titled "What To Do When Someone Tells You That You Violated Their Boundaries, Made Them Feel Uncomfortable, Or Committed Assault (A Start)." Both offer important ideas for beginning discussions about sexual assault from a perspective that brings the issue into the open rather than keeping...
Topics: zine, zines, accountability, sexual assault
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by Anarchist Black Cross Dresden / Sprout Distro
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This guide aims to be a concise overview on information security for anyone in emancipatory struggles against structures of power. It represents assembled knowledge and best practices from personal experience, conversations with hackers and fellow activists, hacker conferences, and university courses on computer security and cryptography. Nonetheless, the best security is sharing skills with trusted people.
Topics: activism, zine, zines, information security, security, privacy
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This guide is published by the excellent website AworldWithoutPolice.org which has as its goal the complete abolition of the police. To that end, this pamphlet provides an excellent introduction to the problem of the police (exploring their history and reasons for existing), as well as offering many specific suggestions for moving towards a world without police. The discussion centers a strategy of disempowering, disarming, and disbanding the police with practical ideas of what that could look...
Topics: zine, zines, police, policing
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by Warrior Publications
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Sub-titled âA Manual for Indigenous Liberation in the 21st Century,â this guide book written by Zig Zag and published by Warrior Publications provides a brief overview of the history of colonialism and offers some ideas for beginning a decolonial struggle. The book provides an accessible and approachable introduction to colonialism, providing both historical background and an exploration of the ways in which colonialism continues to function in the present. It offers a broad understanding of...
Topics: colonization, decolonization, colonialism, zine, history
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by Black Cross Health Care Collective
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In this zine, the Black Cross Collective out of Portland provides a basic overview of first aid and health concerns as they relate to militant protests. The zine includes a "protest fashion" section on what to wear and what not to wear to a protest, an overview of medical conditions you may encounter at a protest (and how to help folks), and dealing with pepper spray and tear gas.
Topics: zine, zines, street medics, protest, first aid, direct action
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An excellent introduction to computer security. Provides easy to follow step-by-step directions for people of all skill levels, looking specifically at how to be more anonymous and more secure. Crucial reading!
Topics: zine, zines, computers, technology, security, privacy, anonymity
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This zine presents a strong critique of the political identity of "ally" and the activists who have built an "ally industrial complex" based on their anti-oppression credentials. Written from the context of indigenous struggles, this zine criticizes and explains several different types of "allies": those who wish to "save" oppressed people, those who wish to use oppressed people to advance their own interests, academics, self-proclaiming allies, and more....
Topics: indigenous, protest, direct action, anti-oppression
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This zine is an excellent introduction to making your own herbal medicines with plants that you forage yourself in the wild. It features an essay explaining the importance of making our own medicine and then outlines how to make several different types of herbal medicines. These include infusions, decoctions, salves, syrups, infused oils, tinctures, glycerites, etc.
Topics: zine, zines, herbalism, herbs, diy, medicine, foraging
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by Crimethinc
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This zine is a very good analysis of the impasse that seems to exist within the anarchist space around assault and abuse. Starting from where we are at now with a thoughtful discussion of the limits and failures of accountability processes, the zine presents an insightful account of where we are at and where the problems exist. In many cases, the criticisms are very insightful, even if the conclusions arenât always the most comforting. In response to the current impasse, the zine presents some...
Topics: anarchism, accountability, consent, sexual assault
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Gunshot wounds are becoming more common at demonstrations. This is not to say you should panic—millions of people have participated in demonstrations over the past four months, while only dozens have been shot. Still, as political conflict escalates in the United States, it is important to think about how we can care for and protect each other. The good news is that even if you have no medical training, there are things you can do to maximize the likelihood that a person who is shot in your...
Topics: protests, demonstration, safety
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In this article (originally published in LIES: A Journal of Materialist Feminism), Jackie Wang explores the ways in which the politics of innocence serves to limit social struggle. Particularly as it relates to police murders of black people, that one have the identity of an âinnocent victimâ is often assumed as pre-condition for resistance. People who are killed by police but who donât fit this role, are often ignored by liberal organizations and the public at large. But such appeals â...
Topics: zine, zines
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by Homes Not Jails
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This is the 3rd edition (Fall 2013) of the Homes Not Jails squatting zine. While the guide comes from a group based in San Francisco, many of the tips would be helpful for anyone squatting regardless of their location. It includes tips on finding comrades/friends to squat with, finding a building, securing a squat, dealing with the law and/or property owners, and more. Some of the San Francisco specific references will need to be overlooked for your local context, but most municipalities have...
Topics: zine, zines, squatting, squatter, homes not jails
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The Broken Teapot (2nd Edition) is a collection of five essays that explore the limitations of current anarchist models of “accountability” in situations of rape and abuse. The zine raises a number of important questions regarding the “accountability processes” that have been developed over the past ten or so years to deal with these issues within the anarchist space. It's an important piece to consider when thinking about how “broken” we all are. This is the updated "2nd...
Topics: zine, zines, accountability, community, assault, abuse
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This is an updated (2020) guide to using the black bloc tactic at demonstrations. It is presented as a comic covering the history, basics of the tactics, and recent lessons from the streets. The zine was originally written in the context of street protests in Portland, Oregon, but this version is suitable for distribution everywhere.
Topics: zine, zines, anarchism, protests, protest, direct action
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This zine is a great introduction to identifying, foraging, and using what the authors term "weeds" and "common plants." The authors wrote it to be an introductory-level guide for anarchists to get more acquainted with the land. It has tips on all sorts of different plants from the well-known dandelion and yarrow to more obscure things like wild carrot. The authors explain how to use parts of easily identifiable trees. For example, you can make a tea out of pine needles that...
Topics: foraging, zines, zine, plants, wild plants, wild edibles, weeds
Betrayal: A Critical Analysis of Rape Culture in Anarchist Subcultures analyzes the ways in which rape takes place, is talked about, and is dealt with in anarchist subcultures. It looks at how anarchists often seek to "silence" discussion of rape by limiting it and/or preventing it and how those who do take the risk to talk about rape are often attacked and ostracized. There is also a critique of âaccountability processesâ and how they are often applied. Betrayal is a very critical...
Topics: anarchist, anarchism, sexual assault, accountability
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Subtitled "How Gender Violence on the Left Enables State Violence in Radical Movements," this zine looks at how unchecked misogyny in political movements/groups/whatever you want to call it creates an environment that is ripe for the recruitment and deployment of informants. Misogynist behavior is disruptive and pushes women and queer folks out of spaces, while constantly dominating the agenda.
Topics: zine, zines, repression, patriarchy, misogyny, the left, radicalism
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This zine comes out of the post-Ferguson debates about race, ally politics, identity, solidarity, and rioting. The zine presents a number of important readings on the topic including âAccomplices Not Allies,â âAin't No PC Gonna Fix It, Baby,â âOn Non-profit Certified 'White Allies' and Privilege Theory,â âOutside Agitators,â and others. This is an essential zine that compiles many of these previously published pieces into one volume.
Topics: zine, zines, identity politics, race, racism, solidarity
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Subtitled "A DIY Guide to Uncivilized Oral Hygiene" this zine is an exploration of dental care without relying on large corporations or even smaller and unnecessary "green" companies. There's ideas for alternatives to use for toothpicks, general tooth care, herbs for cleaning teeth, etc.
Topics: zine, zines, toothcare, diy, health, herbs
This zine is intended to spark a dialogue about how people accused of rape, abuse, or sexual assault should conduct themselves regardless of their feelings of guilt or innocence. It includes ten suggestions for people accused of the aforementioned. Itâs helpful for the accused, but also for those of us in radical/anarchist communities who struggle with dealing with these situations.
Topics: zine, zines, rape, sexual assault, abuse, anarchist
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Subtitled "A Do-It-Yourself Guide to Cultural Manipulation," Wild Fermentation is an introduction to fermented foods. Includes directions on making saurkraut, tempeh, miso, kim chi, brine pickles, sourdough bread, and more.
Topics: zine, zines, diy, wild fermentation, fermentation
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This zine gives an introduction to reconnaissance and scouting for planning actions of whatever kind. The zine goes into quite a bit of detail beyond just scouting a target or site of an action and also looks at stealth, tracking and camouflage. You can't argue with the author(s) assertion that "accurate information is the foundation of successful action planning."
Topics: zine, zines, direct action, protest
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This zine is a reprint of an article that originally appeared in the anarchist magazine "Rolling Thunder" and that was subsequently republished in the anthology "Taking Sides: Revolutionary Solidarity and the Poverty of Liberalism." It offers a solid and devastating critique of ally politics, relating both personal experiences and examples of the limits of ally politics alongside larger political arguments. It is a very important piece and one that should be read and...
Topics: zine, zines, ally politics
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A very detailed zine that provides an excellent introduction to blockading. The zine covers everything from evaluating why you might want to utilize a blockade as a tactic to the nuts-and-bolts of blockading. It provides an overview of common tactics including lockboxes, tripods, u-locks, and more. There is a helpful discussion of how to plan actions covering surveillance of the target, group communication, framing the action, safety considerations, etc. There are also thoughts on dealing with...
Topics: zine, zines, blockade, blockades, blockading, direct action, lockdowns, protest, protests
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Ask First!: Resources for Supporters, Survivors, and Perpetrators of Sexual Assault is a collection of resources dealing with the topic of assault and abuse. It explores consent, the dynamics of abuse, how to be a responsible partner, how to support survivors, resources for survivors, and resources for perpetrators.
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This zine is collects writings by A.G. Schwarz (it's billed as "the complete works"). The writings are among the best of the insurrectionary writings that came out in the early 2010s in the United States, with essays covering "The Logic of Not Demanding", the Greek insurrection in 2008 and lessons that can be learned from it, and discussions of various attempts to try insurrectionary approaches in the United States. The essays are very thought provoking and offer a wealth of...
Topics: zine, zines, anarchist, anarchism, theory
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by The Imagination Justice Front
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This is a mini-zine that functions as a pocket-sized guide to protesting. It provides basic information in an easy-to-distribute zine, covering topics such as what to bring (clothing, food, water, etc), what not to bring (drugs, alcohol, piercings, etc), what you will encounter at a larger protest (i.e. affinity groups and other concepts such as âdiversity of tacticsâ), and more. There is also a list of websites for more detailed information on the topics covered.
Topics: anarchism, protest, protesting, protests
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This is a very detailed examination of how horses are used by police for crowd control. It includes a discussion tips for dealing understanding a horse’s behavior based on what their bodies are saying, the situations cops are prepared for based on the equipment the horses are wearing, etc. This zine does an excellent job of demystifying a tool frequently used by police during civil disturbances.
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This zine from Homes Not Jails explores the idea and process of squatting as a "political" organizing tool. It offers a number of helpful tips on how to squat, the legalities of squatting, how to identify empty homes and other spaces, how to establish utilities, and how to fight evictions.
Topics: zine, zines, anarchist, anarchism, squatting, squatters
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by Mask Magazine & Tides of Flame
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An easy-to-print and distribute one page zine introducing anarchist affinity groups and basic street tactics. It includes tips on how to form affinity groups, how to move within demonstrations, basic crowd navigation, security tips, and even suggestions for how affinity groups can be used outside of a demonstration context.
Topics: anarchism, zine, zines, affinity groups, tactics, anarchist
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by Warrior Publications
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While a bit older (it's from 2009), this is an excellent guide to surveillance and security in resistance movements. It includes a thorough overview of what surveillance is and why the government uses it against its political opponents. It covers in great detail how governments (and other forces) engage in surveillance in both physical and technical forms. There are also tips for evading and minimizing surveillance, tips on recognizing and dealing with surveillance via informants, and...
Topics: zine, zines, police, social movements, surveillance, security, security culture
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Tech Tools for Activism is another great zine that provides an introduction to computer security for activists. Undertaken as a collaboration between radical technology groups and collectives, this zine offers concrete alternatives for corporate and "unsecure" computer technologies including options for email, hosting websites, browsing the Internet, using mobile phones, and free software. This is a good introduction with practical examples on how and what to do to be more safer and...
Topics: zine, zines, technology, activism, computers, security
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This zine was compiled for the Earth First! Trans' and Womyn's Action Camp in 2009. It is a basic overview of anti-oppression principles. It explores white privilege, male privilege, gender, transphobia, homophobia, ablism, classism, and ageism.
Topics: zine, zines, anti-oppression, race, racism, gender, homophobia, earth first
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This guide provides a nice introduction to anarchist affinity groups. Affinity groups are small groups of friends who know and trust each other deeply and who have a desire to undertake a shared project of some kind (whether that be an action or a publication). This guide provides background information on the advantage of affinity groups, suggestions for participating in an affinity group, and working with other affinity groups. There are discussions of tactics, security culture, and decision...
Topics: zine, zines, anarchist, anarchism, crimethinc
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This zine is aimed towards men within the anarchist space to explain how patriarchy works and men's role in maintaining it, both within the anarchist space and in the larger world. There are essays explaining patriarchy, discussing gender, and sexism in the anarchist space. Along with this, there is a helpful list of terminology and definitions, tips for starting a group for men against sexism, and a detailed questionnaire designed to push men towards exploring how patriarchy manifests itself...
Topics: zine, zines, patriarchy, sexism, anarchism, masculinity
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This zine explores the politics, practices, and histories of fascism and militant resistance with an emphasis on gender. It examines the gendered dimensions of contemporary far-right movements and anti-fascist struggles; presents a history of women’s participation in anti-fascist resistance in the twentieth century; and considers the challenges and possibilities for developing an explicitly feminist anti-fascism.
Topics: zine, zines, antifascism, feminism, gender
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This is a very good zine on the topic of consent and should be required reading for everyone. It covers tons of important information: how we define consent, identifying abusive behavior, consent in different types of relationships, how consent interacts with gender, and shares stories of consent in relationships. There is also an extensive "resources" list at the end for those who want to learn more.
Topics: zine, zines, consent, relationships, abuse
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Sub-titled “honoring each others security needs as an act of solidarity and liberation”, this short zine is a discussion of security culture that argues that respect for the security needs of our comrades is an essential aspect of any movement for liberation. It identifies a concept that the authors call “the invisible ground.” They use this concept to describe an imagined distinction between “under-” and “above-” ground activities. Instead the authors argue that there is a...
Topics: zine, zines, security culture, organizing, protest
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by Crimethinc
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This zine by Crimethinc is a classic examination of the role that alcohol plays in the anarchist space. It features a critique that looks at how alcohol use (and abuse) within the anarchist space fosters apathy, connects with patriarchy, and blunts revolutionary efforts. A second essay looks at the role that alcohol and intoxication has played in the creation of civilization. Highly recommended!
Topics: zine, zines, anarchism, alcohol, sobriety, straight edge
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Towards A Less Fucked Up World: Sobriety and Anarchist Struggle is a zine published in the early 2000s by Nick Riotfag that explores the role intoxication culture plays in anarchist communities. The zine provides a thorough exploration of the issues around intoxication and anarchism. Topics covered include "Masculinity, Rape, and Intoxication," "Youth Liberation and Sobriety," "Intoxication and Corporate Culture," "Intoxication and Social Life,"...
Topics: zine, zines, anarchist, anarchism, straight edge, sobriety, intoxication culture
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This zine from the 1990s looks at anarchist approaches to housing beyond squatting, focuses mainly on cooperatives, collectives, and the idea of anarchist neighborhoods and temporary autonomous zones. It offers some good criticisms and thoughts on the subject.
Topics: anarchism, anarchist, zine, zines, housing, collectives, cooperatives
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This zine provides a basic outline of how to organize a "protest march." This is defined as your basic, run-of-the-mill march. Whether or not we like them, anarchists seem to frequently get into positions where they feel compelled to organize such marches. This guide will help you do that with ease--or help make a case against doing itâ¦
Topics: zine, zines, direct action, protest, protests
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This is an older zine (from 2001) on security culture that is still worth reading. It defines what security culture is, how it is useful in minimizing state repression, and the strategies the state uses to neutralize radical movements. It is particularly useful for its discussion of informers and infiltrators.
Topics: zine, zines, security, security culture, repression
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by August O'Clairre
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This zine offers an excellent critique of prisons, arguing that prison is not just a physical site but also a condition that exists within society. Specifically, it offers a solid analysis of prison abolition, arguing that in seeking to "shrink" the prison industrial complex, abolitionists often end up replacing prison with other less brutal institutions. Consequently, prison doesn't disappear but rather its mechanisms â surveillance, militarization of the police, etc â spread...
Topics: prison, zine, zines, prisons, anarchist, prison abolition
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Starting from the premise that if police or investigators had a solid, air-tight case against you complete with irrefutable evidence of your wrongdoing they wouldn't be talking to you, this zine goes on to provide a detailed overview of many common tactics police use when questioning people. The subtitle basically says it all: "staying free by shutting the f--k up!"
Topics: zine, zines, legal, anarchist
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This pamphlet is a good introduction to the topic of writing to prisoners. It covers what is probably the most asked about question: "what should I write about?" in a lot of detail and includes a ton of helpful suggestions. It also includes tips for improving the chances that letters will get through, how to find prisoners, etc.
Topics: zine, zines, prison, prisoners, political prisoners, prisoner support
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by Rosehip Medic Collective
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This zine provides a basic introduction to herbalism alongside a collection of home remedies for common health problems. The information is organized into broad categories based on body parts (head, abdomen, etc) and then from there conditions and symptoms. Itâs easy to use and a good introduction into DIY healthcare. There is also a lengthy suggested resources section that recommends additional sources.
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This zine explores the after-math of the militant clashes at the 2009 NATO Summit in Strasbourg, France. It is a multi-contributor zine exploring the topic of ârevolutionary strategy and emotions.â As a starting point, the zine includes an article that critiques some of the militant posturing and the attitudes of some participants within the black bloc to make a larger critique about the fetishization of militancy in anarchist circles. Following the essay, there are a series of responses that...
Topics: zine, zines, nato, strategy, black bloc, black blocs, anarchist
Bodyhammer is heavily influenced by the White Overalls movements in Europe and their creative use of body armor to neutralize the so-called "less lethal" weapons used by police to stop protests. The zine (itâs really more of a packet than a zine) looks at shield varieties and construction, shield deployment, helmets, body armor, group movement, and shield walls and formations.
Topics: protest, zine, zines, direct action
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by Crimethinc
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Deserting the Digital Utopia is an essay by Crimethinc that explores how the digital (computers, social networks, etc) is shaping our lives. There is a lot covered in this short essay, but topics covered include social media, the enclosure of the commons, domination, hierarchy, digital utopianism, and more. This is a very well written critique of the current era.
Topics: zine, zines, computers, technology, social media, social networks
In many circles, struggleâespecially for those who come from positions of varying degrees of privilegeâis often defined as something that must happen in relation to another group. For many radicals (and many anarchists), this is discussed primarily in terms of becoming an âallyâ of a specific group and placing oneself at the direction of an âotherâ. This zine engages with an alternative perspective that assumes that people have their own valid reason for struggling and that by coming...
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The original version of this zine comes out of the 2009/2010 university occupations in the United States. It was updated in 2012 to include lessons learned from Occupy Oakland. The zine provides an overview of techniques and tactics that can be used to occupy a building. Includes a look at various roles (media, legal support), reconnaissance, barricading, defending occupied spaces, and much more.
Topics: zine, zines, occupations, direct action, squatting, occupy
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This zine looks at the Seattle Solidarity Network--an organization that uses direct action to fight for the specific demands of tenants and workers. It's an interesting approach to anarchist "community organizing" and this zine offers a good overview of how to start such and organization while also delving into some of the strategic rationale that underlies their work. The zine covers everything including how to get started, what tactics seem to work well, how to run meetings, etc.
Topics: anarchist, organizing, anarchism, zine, zines, solidarity network, community organizing
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by In Our Hands Collective
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Sub-titled, "Using a Community Accountability Approach to Address Sexual Violence, Abuse, & Oppression" this zine is a collection of reflections and insights from the In Our Hands group. The group is a "grassroots community accountability and mediation reading, discussion, action and support group dedicated to issues of abuse, sexual violence, and broader modes of oppression." The zine is a great starting place for anyone interested in discussions around abuse and...
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A Practical Guide To Prisoner Support is a good introduction to providing support to prisoners. The zine mainly focuses on giving tips on how to write to prisoners, including what to say (and what not to say) and what to expect.
Topics: prisons, prisoners, prisoner support, zine, zines, political prisoners
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This zine contains a wealth of helpful suggestions for anarchists living in small towns who want to create anarchy. Topics covered include finding other anarchists, deciding on what projects to work on, figuring out how to relate to liberals, and doing a distro--this zine is full of good ideas and advice. Not only for small towns, the authors of the zine state: "If you can count the active anarchists in your areas on your fingers, this guide is for you."
Topics: anarchist, anarchists, organizing, community organizing
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This guide--it's really more of a "packet" than a zine--provides an overview of how to start a "copwatch" group. For those who are unfamiliar, copwatch groups seek to end police repression by monitoring and recording police interactions with people on the street and informing people of their legal rights. The guide explains how to do on-the-street observations, offers tips for recording the police, legal advice, and explains how police departments are structured.
Topics: zine, zines, copwatch, police, organizing, activism, police brutality
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This zine compiles four "how to" guides written by ACTIVATE out of Grand Rapids, MI. The guides provide basic information on how to do banner drops, stencils, wheatpasting, and distributing information.
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This zine is a modified version of a guide published by the Beehive Collective that shares ideas for organizing an promoting events. It begins with the basics of giving yourself enough time to successfully pull off an event, finding a venue, promoting an event (with tips for email, social networks, newspapers, etc), designing posters and leaflets, and other ideas. Throughout, there are good tips on promoting events based on the author(s) experiences.
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This is a more recent (2014?) introduction to the topic of blockades. It begins with an introduction to blockades and a consideration of why one might want to utilize a blockade as a tactic, including a brief look at their recent usage. From there it moves into the practical aspects of creating a blockade, looking at scouting, roles during a blockade, supplies, entry and exit strategies, and more. The zine comes out of the blockades against various oil pipelines in North America and as such it...
Topics: zine, zines, blockades, blockade, direct action, protest, tactics
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This zine is a theoretical and historical explanation of both the idea and reality of "the barricade" in social struggles. Tracing the use of barricades in proletarian struggles in the urban areas of revolutionary Europe in the mid-1800s to their present use in urban street conflicts and indigenous blockades, this zine uses the barricade as an entry-point to discuss wide-ranging but related issues such as blockades, sabotage, and modern capitalism. The writing is relatively dense, but...
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This zine is a basic overview of how to form an affinity group. Goes over the basic components of affinity groups: assembling a group, developing and carrying out a plan of action, and consensus.
Topics: zine, zines, anarchist, anarchism, affinity group, affinity groups, consensus, direct action, zine,...
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The title of this zine, "How To Put Together Your Own Participatory, Community-specific, Radical Consent Workshop", is pretty straightforward and a great description of the zine's contents. In addition to the general theme of how to put together a workshop on consent, the zine also provides tips on facilitation, space and accessibility, and additional resources. The bulk of the zine is an outline with ideas on what to say, activities to do, and materials to include.
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This Canadian zine provides a historical overview of the black bloc tactic and anarchists' use of it. It looks into the origins of the black bloc tactic in the Automen (Autonomist) squatting movement in the 1980s in Germany and its spread across Europe and to North America. In addition, the zine delves into the some of the philosophy underlying black blocs, talks about the concept of "diversity of tactics" and the need for militant resistance, and provides examples of black bloc...
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Billed as "a protestor's guide to 'less-lethal' weaponry," this zine is an incredibly thorough introduction to commonly used police weapons. The zine provides a detailed look at all different types of weapons including electrical weapons (such as the TASER), chemical weapons (tear gas, pepper spray, and others), projectiles (pepper balls, rubber bullets, bean bags, flash-bang grenades). The zine ends with some suggestions on how to protect yourself from these weapons.
Topics: protest, protests, police, direct action, crowd control, zine, zines
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This short zine/pamphlet offers basic advice for people engaged in political activity who will likely encounter police as a result of their political work (everyone will, itâs only a matter of time). The zine starts with the premise that people should not talk to the police and offers practical suggestions on how to minimize interactions and avoiding incriminating oneâs self and other participants. From their it moves on to discuss the importance of making opposition to police an essential...
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This zine is a basic primer to being more secure in your use of cellphones and the Internet. It offers both explanations of how surveillance technologies work and practical tips for lessening their impact.
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This zine provides an excellent overview on what a collective is, why you should organize one, how you do it, and what you do once the collective is formed. It offers a bunch of helpful ideas on everything from running meetings to communicating with other groups. It also includes several essays exploring different aspects of collectives, their history, and their power. Highly recommended!
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Chickweed is a zine published by an anarcho-feminist collective out of the U.K. Itâs a good introduction to herbalism. It covers common herbs, how to plant and harvest them, preserving them, basic cold and flu remedies, and more. A great starting place!
Topics: feminism, zine, zines, anarchist, herbalism, foraging, anarcha-feminism